This was one of the most anticipated films of the year especially with the announcement of the title of the film as well as the original members of the X-Men films returning along with the newest members of the X-Men film family.
The added bonus to the development of the film is that director Brian Singer was returning to direct the film after Mathew Vaughn had dropped out to direct the Secret Service film.
There was some people out there who was not excited about Singer returning to direct because of a whole bunch of stupid ass reasons (leather costumes, doesn’t follow the actual comic book, haven’t directed a good movie in so long, etc.) but people tend to forget that X2: X-Men united was deemed the best X-Men movie at that time with Singer at the helm.
I was looking forward to the return of Singer to the franchise that he technically started as well as the original members of the film franchise to return.
For those who are familiar with the X-Men comics, the plot of the film is a loose adaption to the critically acclaimed X-Men comic “Days of Future Past” with a few minor changes to the story.
In the comics, it is Kitty Pride who actually goes back in time to warm the X-Men to stop Mystique from assassinating Senator Kelly and stopping the dark future that the future X-Men would have to experience.
In the film however, it is Wolverine who is chosen to go back in time and to find the younger Professor Xavier and Magneto to stop Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask (played by Peter Dinklage) as his death would mean the rise of the Sentinels of the future and also a dark and bleak future for the remaining X-Men who are constantly fighting for survival.
Now, a lot of people had an issue with Wolverine being in the forefront (yet again in some people’s eyes) the one to go back and not Kitty Pride but in reality, it made the most sense for a lot of reasons.
Wolverine is basically ageless and due to his mutant regenerating ability, he was the only one that physically could make the trip back to 1973.
Now, of course if Wolverine is involved then the shit is never easy as he’s dealing with a Professor Xavier who is broken and completely bitter at that particular time which makes the task of saving the future for himself and his fellow teammates a little bit harder than he thought.
In regards to the performances of the film, everybody played their part exceptionally well especially those who are there just as cameos but does not feel like that they’re just there just because.
Hugh Jackman as always deliver a great performance as Wolverine and in a way, a more calmer, wiser Logan as he is the one that essentialy has to guide Charles Xavier into being the leader he was meant to be.
To me, this movie was more about the redemption of Charles Xavier and McAvoy really got into the psyche of who Charles was and the pain that this man experience going back to X-Men First Class.
If X-Men First Class was about the rise of Magneto then X-Men: Days of Future Past is about the redemption of Charles Xavier and becoming the wise man he is destined to be.
Another highlight is Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of the younger Magneto.
I loved his performance back in the last X-Men film and he delivers yet again as the Magneto who is basically an asshole (as Wolverine puts it so nicely) and someone who is out for his own personal gain despite the warnings Wolverine delivered to him as well.
The interactions between the younger Magneto and Wolverine was a treat to see as well.
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique was another highlight of the film as Lawrence has basically giving depth to this character and you see her anger, her being pulled between the peaceful views of Charles Xavier and the violent views of Magneto and her ascension to eventually becoming the cold hearted mutant that Rebecca Roman made famous in the earlier X-Men films.
Oh, and of course I have to talk about Quicksilver in this movie that was played by Evan Peters.
He damn near stole the show with the time that he had in the movie as he has the personality and flashness that the Quicksilver in the comics had.
I’m not gon front, I was not sold on the whole Quicksilver addition at first but shit, after seeing this movie; I’m looking forward to Evan Peters returning for the next X-Men installment which is teased if you stay for the after credits.
Everybody was spot on with their performances and it was a treat to see director Brian Singer bridge the gap between the old generation of X-Men and the new generation of X-Men and also correcting a few mistakes from X-Men the Last Stand and X-men origins: Wolverine.
The ending of the film does open up a lot of possibilities for X-Men films down the line especially with the original cast and the new cast.
It also opens the door for X-Men stories that have not been told yet or have not been told property (Phoenix Saga, we’re waiting) so the possibilities are endless and as long as they keep the original actors, the new actors and Brian Singer being involved somehow whether as a director or producer.
Simply put, it’s a good time to be a comic book movie fan right now.
Now, there was a couple of things that I didn’t like about the film.
I was not feeling the fact that Anna Paquin aka Rouge was not featured in the film as she was schedule to be a part of the story and I felt that Bishop could have been used a little bit more but other than that, this was as good as an X-Men movie as well as good as a movie as you’re gonna get.
Overall, after seeing this movie twice, I have come to the conclusion that X-men Days of Future Past is the best X-Men Movie thus far as it has the perfect story, the perfect emotional arc and really felt like the stakes was high.
But…keyword, “thus far” because in 2016, I have a feeling that X-Men Apocalypse is going to be on some whole other shit.
For those who have seen this movie, I close this review by posing a question to you:
Although, the ending may have altered the future as well as the past, has the threat been truly neutralized? Or, have the threat simply been put on hold thus making what will happen in the future materialized eventually?
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